Daily Prompt: An Open Letter to Generation Z
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Think about the generation immediately younger or older than you. What do you understand least about them — and what can you learn from them?
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I am part of Generation Y. We are often called The Millennials.
Some people refer to us as being selfish. I’ve heard comments that state we are also the Instant Gratification Generation. There’s a lot of documents to prove that Millennials are generous, caring, and compassionate. Personally, I don’t judge a person by their age, as that is no more right than judging someone by their race, their belief, or the colour of their skin. Age does not determine maturity or intelligence.
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Dear Generation Z,
Welcome to adulthood! It must be a scary time in your life. You’re likely trying to figure out who you are and what you want to do with your life. Plans are important. What’s also equally important is flexibility. Shit happens and things don’t always work out how you planned them.
For anyone who wants to do something that requires six to seven years of education please consider investing some time in learning about the profession. Do you have any clue what the job is like on a day to day basis? Shadow, volunteer, and research. Judging a profession based on images you see on the Internet or TV perpetuate a false sense of what the job actually entails. We paint pretty pictures. Find the cracks.
Money is important. However, if it is the only factor in planning your life then you’re most likely either going to hate what you do or be extremely unsatisfied. Try to strike a balance between a career that satisfies you and one that compensates you. Don’t let anyone, even your parents pressure you into a specific career. Your parents are trying to help you find a path that they think is “right” for you. This doesn’t mean they are right, or that you’re going to be happy with what they picked for you.
There’s a lot more to life than your pay stubs, but like Kanye said – “having money isn’t everything, not having it is”. Yeah, I just quoted Kanye. This is real life.
Education and Job Satisfaction
It’s an incredible and scary time to be a graduate and recent graduate of my generation. I can only imagine what it must be like for you. There’s a value each piece of higher education holds. I’m talking about real world value, not how it makes you feel kind of value. That paper qualifies you to do certain jobs and be compensated for that work. This does not entitle you to find a specific job or make a certain amount of money. That’s the wonderful part of the whole process. Investing time and money into education can turn out to be bunk. It’s a hard pill to swallow, but it’s reality. You might as well get a glass of water ready, life is full of shitty pills to swallow.
The best advice I ever received was rather simple. “Pick a career that provides you with the ability to transition into a new career”. If my earning potential is slightly above minimum wage I won’t be able to pay off any current student loans I have in order to take on new ones – and potentially a new career. Give yourself outs. Never pigeonhole yourself into one thing for the rest of your life. Follow the chart below when considering higher education;
|NO: Re-evaluate your career objectives. What are you capable of doing. For example I suck at science, so the medical field just isn’t in the cards for me. You know yourself better than anyone. We all have limitations.
YES: Awesome! Hopefully you picked a career that provides you with good compensation, and links to further education if you choose to grow in that specific field. A lot of College programs focus on paraprofessional roles. That means you’re likely someone’s subordinate.
|NO: Get work experience. Look at College as a potential option.
YES: Enjoy! You’re ready for a long expensive road. Hopefully you have a parent or guardian who is going to support you through this process. If not student loans payments for the next ten plus years!
Learn From Us
Hopefully my generation has proved that we learned from our parents mistakes. Probably not, but we can always hope. If not learn from us, or fail. Hopefully your children will learn from you.
Re-Invent the World
Use the systems in place to change the world. If the systems aren’t in place, create them and change them to meet your needs. Laws and policies that govern you were created by men and women of a different era. Stray away from oppressive laws that challenge your rights and freedoms as an individual. Never lose sight of the values and beliefs that protect all of us. Some laws are worth fighting for, even dying for. Some aren’t.
In the context of history a hundred years is not a long time. The ability to create and change has never been actualized in such a period of time as it has been in the past hundred years. Keep progressing. Reach the stars, and beyond. If someone tells you, “no you can’t”. don’t tell them “yes I can”. Just do it. Actions will always speak louder than words.
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